Monday 9 September 2019
VIEWS ON NEWS, BILLIONAIRES AND THUGS UNITE
I don't know what it is about habitual liars, but at some point, the more seasoned among them, can no longer hide the contempt they feel for those lapping up their lies. They go past duping delight and into broad smug grins, before bursting into outright guffaws. But there is a stage further, the stage of yeah, yeah, whatever, as demonstrated this past week by Eton toffs Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris De Pfeffel Johnson.
Now the positioning of the far right is crystal clear to everyone in this country and the watching world. Team Toff (billionaires and Bullingdon Boys) and Team Tommy (Robinson/Yaxley Lennon, violent thug/racist/convict), the Eton boys and the Thugs Army are now united as one, speaking the same, fucked up, batshit crazy, hate filled language.
Oooh err, two opposite ends of the social scale, standing side by side. Imagine a joint fundraiser - what does one wear? A top hat or a cap to doff to one's betters? The latter I presume, because the reality of Tommy's world dictates that everyone should know their place - something Tommy is probably learning during his prison stay.
It is kind of ironic that the UK is now in greater danger of being taken over by fascists than we were in 1939. Boris Johnson is probably counting on the population being broken and dispirited after 9 years of austerity and subjugation, too apathetic to fight his underhanded coup. He probably thought it would take a while to purge the Conservative Party of moderate members and replace them with far right extremists, but it is all happening in days, hours even. He is either ecstatically happy or looking for an out of the way ditch.
I'm thinking of introducing a series of WTF moments for Donald Trump, there are plenty of resources out there. This week's invitation to the Taliban to join him at Camp David however, is beyond 'wtf', it is kind of like that moment you had to sustain belief that an aeroplane would deliberately fly into a tower building. Your brain is frantically scrambling through a lifetime of memories in order to make sense of it, but it can't. President Trump's lunacy has been discussed and debated elsewhere, the overall consensus being, yeah, he's definitely bonkers, so I will go for the bit that intrigues me the most.
I absolutely loved and adored both my parents, especially their little foibles and eccentricities as they got older. The memory lapses and 'senior moments' were the source of much gentle teasing and many giggles within the home and with them giggling too. However, I would be mortified, and they would be too, if people were laughing at them. OK, I get that Melania probably hates him as much as the rest of us, but at what point do his kids say 'oh dad, please don't'. Seriously, if they loved him, they would section him, it only takes 3 signatures (my own kids enquired), as long as one of them is not a paw print.
I used to hate the bitchiness of the old female columnists of Fleet Street, I thought it showed their true nature, rather than the true nature of the target they were ridiculing. Especially when the whole world wanted a Princess Diana story. Oh my how they all ate and choked on their vitriolic words in the days after she died. However, not bitching, is hard to do. And in the case of Ivanka Trump it is fully justified. Maybe because she reminds me of every self entitled, rich bitch I went to school with and worked alongside. She appears to have cajoled a role for herself as chief Ambassador both for the US and the Trump brand and Female Entrepreneurs, as if she too were a female who started her own business with no resources. As for her hijacking of feminism with Corporate Barbie, it will never happen. The only time feminism will hit the White House, is the day Kelly-Anne turns up at work dressed like Steve Bannon.